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Kitchen Queries

Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    The recipe Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake (Feast, p269) requires sour cream in both the cake and icing. I want to bake this cake a day in advance for my twins birthday. Can this be done or will the cream/icing/cake spoil? What is the shelf life of this cake?

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  • Roast Beef

    My husband and children LOVE roast beef but I can't seem to cook it so that it is edible. Help! I need a recipe or a cooking technique please.

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  • Truffle Oil

    Hi, I've recently purchased some truffle oil but it's hard to find recipes for it. Do you have a few quick/easy recipes, plus some to use a dinner party, that would be great. Thanks

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  • Vanilla Pods (Beans)

    Would love to know a good site for buying vanilla pods online. Lots of sites but unsure about quality. Any suggestions?

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  • Lemon Curd and Passionfruit Curd

    How do I make lemon curd at home?   

    Could you tell me the measurement in millilitres (mls) for juice for the Passion Fruit Curd recipe in Domestic Goddess (p344). You say 11 passion fruit, but I use passionfruit nectar, so need to measure it. Thanks, Sangoy.

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  • Preserved Lemons/Limes - Domestic Goddess

    I am planning to make a few of the jam recipes from How To Be a Domestic Goddess. I also want to try my hand at the preserved lemon but wanted to find out the shelf life before I start. Whats the reccomendation?

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  • Nigella's Round Roasting Pan & Colander

    I love the section in Nigella Kitchen where she goes through her must-haves, with regards to helpful kitchen tools. I'm intrigued by the round 11 inch roasting pan that she mentions, but have no idea what sort would be the most beneficial - enameled cast iron, stainless steel? If she's got a good one, I'd love to buy it. Cheers, Erin  

    Hello I am living in Australia and i would love to purchase the cream colander that is seen in a lot of Nigella's cooking shows. Could you please tell me where I can purchase one from. Many Thanks Allison

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  • Damson Jam - Not Setting

    Further to the query you already have about damson jam, I made a big batch of it last night and it has not set. Could it be that I spent too long sifting out the stones while it was bubbling away and it has gone past the setting point? Is there anything I can do now please??

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